7 facts about North Korea you were afraid to ask
It’s always exciting to learn more about other exotic countries. North Korea is of great interest. Only 5000 Western tourists visit North Korea per year. That’s why, it would be interesting to see behind the curtain. Keep on reading to learn some amazing facts about North Korea.
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Let’s go back to North Korea. Some little unexpected facts to heighten your interest:
- P’yŏngyang, the capital of North Korea, is only for trustworthy citizens that are loyal to the regime.
- Each North Korean household has a government radio that can’t be turned off.
- Parents of school-kids have to provide their own desks and chairs.
#1 There is only one Korea for North Koreans
All school maps in North Korea show that Korea is a united country with the capital of P’yŏngyang.
#2 North Koreans can’t choose their appearance
Only 15 haircuts for men and women are approved by the state. What’s more, they aren’t allowed to wear jeans or bright makeup.
#3 They have their own timeline
1912 is the beginning of the North Korean calendar. Kim II-Sung, the founder of North Korea, was born in this year.
#4 Three generations are punished for a crime
To prevent crimes, the government punishes the whole family for three generations forward if someone breaks the law.
#5 North Korea owes Sweden more than $2,8 million
Kim II-Sung bought 1000 Volvo cars in the 70s but he didn’t pay for them. Sweden is still waiting for its money; the government sends invoices to North Korea each year.
#6 North Korea has a propaganda village at the border with South Korea
It’s a so-called “Peace Village” which was built in 1950. North Korea wanted to show the neighbours all the privileges of living in the country. However, the modern technology allowed South Korea to see that the houses are empty boxes with no floors or inner walls.
#7 There are 51 social categories in North Korea
The citizens are divided into 51 social categories depending on how loyal they are to the government.
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